FG declines comment on trial of #EndSARS organisers
The Federal Government, yesterday, refused to make any categorical statement on ongoing trial of some of the organisers of the #EndSARS protests.
Fielding questions from journalists at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) in Abuja, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed said any remarks on the issue would jeopardise work of various panels of enquiry probing alleged police brutality and violation of human rights in the country.
He stressed that it would rather be wise to await the outcomes.
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had announced that trial of erring police officers began on Friday, October 16, 2020.
An Amnesty International report had indicted the Nigerian Army and police of allegedly killing no fewer than 12 peaceful protesters at two locations in Lagos.
The killings reportedly took place in Lekki and Alausa, where thousands were protesting police brutality as part of the #EndSARS movement.
Evidence from eyewitnesses, video footage and hospital reports confirmed that between 6:45p.m. and 9:00p.m. on Tuesday, October 20, the military allegedly opened fire on thousands of people who were peacefully calling for good governance and an end to extra-judicial killings.
Residents at the Lekki protest grounds told the foreign organisation that soldiers arrived and opened fire on protesters without warning.
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